Lagoon view - Lecce

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The area where the Greek City developed is identifiable in the actual Old City, in all the external flanks of the Necropolis (the area which today preserves the medieval plant).
On this same area, the Roman City was under siege, particularly the area of the New City; during the Augustea era, a bridge was built which joined with the mainland; remains of an amphitheatre, brought to light by a dig, were once again interred in today Communal Market. Of extraordinary interest, is the Necropolis, which holds thousands of tombs, from the most ancient burials to the monumental room sepulchres, decorated with sculptures, fictiles, and rich furnishings. There is a vast collection of ceramics and of local art, preserved in the National Museum, without doubt, one of the largest and richest in Italy (there are in fact almost 5000 vases preserved, as well as sculptures, mosaics and coins).

The Cathedral (6th-7th Centuries) is notable, even though additions and posterial alterations are evident. The façade and the splendid Chapel of San Cataldo re-propose the Baroque characteristics. Other interesting monuments are the Aragonese Castle, which houses the late-Renaissance Chapel, and the Gothic Church of San Domenico, even though it was transformed during the Baroque period.
On the communal territory, you can find Basiliane churches-grottos and coastal, watch-out and defence towers.

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